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Alan Partridge is set to grace our TV screens in another new series, it has been revealed.
Steve Coogan recently returned as his North Norfolk broadcasting alter-ego in the BBC’s faux magazine show, This Time. After its first episode aired, many fans took to Twitter to praise Partridge’s excruciatingly awkward comeback.
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Now, co-writers and directors Neil and Rob Gibbons have confirmed that a new TV project for Alan is in the works and will begin shooting this summer.
Asked if they could see Partridge enter the world of podcasting during an interview on the Empire Film Podcast, they replied: “Actually, there are other formats on our list, one of which we’re – I don’t know if we can talk about it – but we’re about to shoot another Partridge series.”
Elaborating on the new show, they added: “We’re going to film it in May for the BBC, which is Alan trying his hand at something else.”
“Stop getting Alan wrong!” That could well be what you shout at a couple of points in this very special Empire Podcast appreciation of all things Alan Partridge, as Alan anoraks (Alanoraks?) Chris Hewitt, Nick de Semlyen and Pilot TV’s Boyd Hilton get together for a solid 49 minutes of scorching Alan-based chat…
While the BBC is yet to reveal the new commission, Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow Productions has confirmed via Twitter that a new slice of Partridge is coming.
Elsewhere in the chat, the Gibbons’ also revealed that they have filmed an Alan Partridge sketch for this year’s Comic Relief. It will air as part of BBC One’s live broadcast on March 15.
You can listen to the full interview above.
In a five-star review of This Time, NME described Alan Partridge’s BBC comeback as a “slice of comedic gold”.
“Alan Partridge might have left the BBC under a cloud of shame, but his return is the complete opposite,” reviewer Nick Reilly said. “It’s a slice of comedic gold and an early contender for the funniest show of the year. Back of the net.”